Spanish newspaper AS rates Diego Costa’s chances of making the Spanish World Cup squad as ‘slim’.
The striker started for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final over the weekend in a gamble from Diego Simeone which didn’t pay off, with the forward subbed off inside ten minutes.
“Diego Costa’s chances of entering the Spain list for next month’s World Cup finals are looking slim,” reports AS with a straight up, down the middle of assessment of the striker’s current situation.
The substitution demonstrated that Costa isn’t anywhere near the required match fitness level needed to compete in top flight European and international football at the moment and should he miss the World Cup, it plays into Chelsea’s hands.
Costa is the man Jose Mourinho seemingly has his heart set on signing to lead Chelsea’s attack on all fronts next season.
Considering his profile, calibre and form last season, it’s no surprise that the Blues were reportedly trying to get a deal done before the World Cup in Brazil, placing them under extreme pressure and making their bargaining position difficult in negotiations.
Should Costa be ruled out of the World Cup through injury, it removes that pressure on the club to do the deal quickly.
Modern day transfers are routinely complicated in the respect of terms and conditions which make deals difficult to complete quickly.
With Chelsea trying to do a deal before the World Cup, it effectively creates a deadline and that plays into Atletico Madrid’s hands because they can demand whatever they want if the Blues want to complete a deal in that timeframe.
If Costa doesn’t make it, Chelsea don’t have to worry about the pressure and have more time to play hard ball. They also don’t have to worry about Costa’s World Cup performances increasing his transfer fee.
With Atletico’s season over, the striker has a chance to rest up and try to be fit for the tournament in Brazil, but Vicente Del Bosque has made it clear he’s only going to take players who are fully fit.